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Nirvana, KISS + More Among 2014 Class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 class of inductees late Monday night (Dec. 16), and grunge goliaths Nirvana and hard-rock heroes KISS are among the acts who have been elected into the prestigious institution.

Nirvana make it into the Rock Hall in their first year of eligibility (25 years after the release of their first significant recording), while KISS finally were inducted after being overlooked for several years.

Joining Nirvana and KISS in the 2014 class of inductees are Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Rondstadt and Cat Stevens, along with the E Street Band (Bruce Springsteen’s backing group) receiving the Award for Musical Excellence.

The 2014 ceremony will be held April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., marking the first time that public tickets to the event will be sold in New York. Previous ceremonies were held at the NYC’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel or at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Tickets to the event will go on sale in January, and the ceremony will air on HBO in May.

For fans wondering if the surviving members of Nirvana will perform, that’s still up in the air. “We’re just getting into the creative of the show, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with that performance,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman tells Rolling Stone of Nirvana. “They have to figure it out.”

Ironically, KISS singer-bassist Gene Simmons recently claimed in an interview that late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain should not be considered a music icon. We’ll find out if that causes any tension at the Rock Hall ceremony.

Among the nominees not making it in this year are Deep Purple, Yes and the Replacements.

Congratulations to Nirvana, KISS and the rest of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class!

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